Keep Your Chin Up
Ue o muite aruko
Release Date : March, 4th, 1962
Running Time : 92 min
Genre : Feature
Color : Color
Screening Format : -
Screen Size : Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
[ Directed by ] MASUDA Toshio
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[ Story ]
Kawanishi Kyu and Tomoda Ryoji, two waifs, are inmates of a Reform School.
One night, the boys succeed in a mass escape and split up. Kyu and Ryoji hear the sirens shrieking behind them and panic.
Kyu pretends he has been hit by a small truck and Ryoji demands that they be taken to a hospital, little dreaming that Nagai, the driver, is the official guardian of juveniles.
The next morning the two boys hear a light knock, and Nagai's daughter, Noriko enters, but surprise is changed to fear as they see her father approaching with Kume, the Juvenile Officer.
Their one thought is escape but Kyu discovers his leg is stiff and it pains him to move. In the excitement, he had not realized he had really been hit by the truck. He sends Ryoji away while he waits alone for Officer Kume.
Nagai takes Kyu under his wing, while Ryoji finds himself again in the hard-boiled world.
Kyu learns that Noriko, an orphan, had been adopted by Nagai, and becomes friendly with Mitsuko, Nagai's daughter, who is suffering from polio. Now he discovers that he can be useful by working hard, and endears himself to his employer and his daughters. But Ryoji meets Ken, who is warped and bitter and teaches him how to blackmail, gamble and cheat.
Ryoji's dreams of becoming a good drummer, but Maki, his former teacher, disappoints him. But youth never loses hope entirely, and where there's a will, there is always a way to attain success.
【Quoted from the database of Nikkatsu Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1962.5.2】
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